Release date: 27 October 2014
Style: Progressive metal

Rating:

8 | 105 votes

Owners:

96 have it
183 want it


Disc I [Sky Blue]
01. Rejoice
02. Fallout
03. Midnight Sun
04. A New Reign
05. Universal Flame
06. Warrior
07. Sky Blue
08. Silent Militia
09. Rain City
10. Forever
11. Before We Die
12. The Ones Who Love

Disc II [Dark Matters]
01.
02. From Sleep Awake
03. Ziltoidian Empire
04. War Princess
05. Deathray
06. March Of The Poozers
07. Wandering Eye
08. Earth
09. Ziltoid Goes Home
10. Through The Wormhole
11. Dimension Z

Disc III [Dark Matters - Raw]
01.
02. From Sleep Awake
03. Ziltoidian Empire
04. War Princess
05. Deathray
06. March Of The Poozers
07. Wandering Eye
08. Earth
09. Ziltoid Goes Home
10. Dimension Z

Review


Line-up
Devin Garret Townsend - vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming
Anneke Van Giersbergen - vocals
Dave Young - guitars, keyboards
Ryan Van Poederooyen - drums
Brian "Beav" Waddell - bass
Mike St-Jean - keyboards, synthesizers, programming

Additional musicians
Christopher Keith "Chris Jericho" Irvine - vocals
Dominique Lenore Persi - vocals
Bill Courage - narration
Morgan Ågren - additional drums, additional percussion
Mark Cimino - voice
Chris Devitt - vocals
Kat Epple - flute

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

American symphony:
Violin: Lisa McNiven, Emily Rust, Ariel Loveland, Juliann Eldridge.
Cello: David Clay, Michael Rollins.
Double bass: Daniel Rust.
Trumpet: Eric Slaugh, Greg Sills.
Trombone: Jonathan Allred, Zach Caine.
Baritone trombone: Tom Francis.
French Horn: David Jones.


Additional info
Produced by Devin Townsend.

Additional character vocals by Eric Severinson, Marina Bennet, Maria Werner, Jazz-A-Fire, Sheldon Zaharko, Adyson King.
Backing vocals by the Universal Choir. (see universalchoir.insideoutmusic.com for the names of the participants)
Additional backing vocals by the audience of Utrecht Tivoli, August 5th 2014.

Tigers In A Tank Choir: Eric Severinson, Marina Bennet, Eric Wettstsin, Jaclyn Guillou, Jennifer Katchur Uvence, Nick Andrew Sommer, Jocelyn Crandell, Tiffany Oakes, Juhli Conlinn, Cassandra Bangel, Nicolas Bermudez.

Choirs orchestrated and conducted by Eric Severinson. Orchestra orchestrated by Florian Magnus Maler.

Staff review by
Apothecary

Rating:
7.0
Uh oh, Apothecary is reviewing a prog album. Hold onto your undergarments, ladies and gentlemen, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

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published 22.10.2014 | Comments (34)

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JÄY - 07.11.2014 at 20:11  
Rating: 9
Written by gnirpz on 07.11.2014 at 15:32

Written by JÄY on 04.11.2014 at 06:28

Would have rated an 8 if I hadn't listened to the unnarrated version of dark matters (third disc) it sounds like a different album without all the interruptions.


Ah shit! I bought the LP version. I tought it was unusefull to have the extra version without the lyrics. Now with your comments, I'll bought the extra CD.

You won't be sorry. I think it's best to hear the narrated version first to get a grip on the story.... Once you know it, the music, alone, carries the story.
Fat & Sassy! - 08.11.2014 at 00:12  
 
Written by Zaphod on 27.10.2014 at 13:16

Rate the one you like the most. Or the one you like the least. Or an average of both. Or the one you were most anticipating. Or turn on the tv and see what channel it's on and pick the number of that channel.


Input 2/10, Album of the Year
PrepareForMetal - 11.11.2014 at 19:13  
  This is my first time with the band , and i don't know what to think. I really like "Rejoice" it sounds pretty unique also "Deathray" and "March Of The Poozers". The rest well , not bad but not heavy , more melodic stuff. Worth a listen I think.
atrox - 13.11.2014 at 14:55  
Rating: 7 Too much talking - I just want to enjoy the music!
JÄY - 14.11.2014 at 19:43  
Rating: 9
Written by atrox on 13.11.2014 at 14:55

Too much talking - I just want to enjoy the music!

Listen to the third disc on the special edition....music only!
Hex_Omega - 14.11.2014 at 21:42  
Rating: 9 Once I said that disc2 is better than disc1... I was probably drunk.
atrox - 17.11.2014 at 11:54  
Rating: 7
Written by JÄY on 14.11.2014 at 19:43

Written by atrox on 13.11.2014 at 14:55

Too much talking - I just want to enjoy the music!

Listen to the third disc on the special edition....music only!


Thank you for the note, silly me
M C Vice - 21.11.2014 at 10:06  
Rating: 8 Probably the first time I've said this about an album, but Sky Blue is too long. It drags in parts.
Also, what was the War Princess' 3rd attack? I need to know!
gnirpz - 27.11.2014 at 19:56  
Rating: 8
Written by JÄY on 07.11.2014 at 20:11

Written by gnirpz on 07.11.2014 at 15:32

Written by JÄY on 04.11.2014 at 06:28

Would have rated an 8 if I hadn't listened to the unnarrated version of dark matters (third disc) it sounds like a different album without all the interruptions.


Ah shit! I bought the LP version. I tought it was unusefull to have the extra version without the lyrics. Now with your comments, I'll bought the extra CD.

You won't be sorry. I think it's best to hear the narrated version first to get a grip on the story.... Once you know it, the music, alone, carries the story.


I just listened the Raw Version. I'm totally agree with you! Without the dialogues, it's different and... better. I can't wait until next Monday! Devin in Montréal!

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